Rul­ing, op­po­si­tion par­ties rally to­gether af­ter coup

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

Tens of thou­sands of sup­port­ers of Turkey’s rul­ing and main op­po­si­tion par­ties, usu­ally bit­ter foes, ral­lied to­gether yesterday in sup­port of democ­racy fol­low­ing a failed mil­i­tary coup as Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan tight­ens his grip on the coun­try.

De­mon­stra­tors held a cross-party “Re­pub­lic and Democ­racy” rally in Is­tan­bul’s cen­tral Tak­sim Square in a spirit of unity fol­low­ing the failed coup, in which at least 246 peo­ple were killed and more than 2,000 in­jured.

In a rare move, pro­gov­ern­ment chan­nels broad­cast a live speech from the podium by main op­po­si­tion leader Ke­mal Kil­ic­daroglu.

“This is a day to unite, a day to stand up against coups and dic­ta­to­rial regimes, a day to let the voice of the peo­ple be heard,” he said at the rally, or­gan­ised by his sec­u­lar­ist op­po­si­tion CHP but also backed by the rul­ing Is­lamist­rooted AK Party and by other op­po­si­tion groups.

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